Carmack speaks on pending Facebook acquisition of Oculus
Oculus chief technology officer John Carmack has offered his opinion on Facebook’s pending acquisition of Oculus for $2 billion. The deal has sparked outrage and confusion from consumers to the point that death threats have been made against Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey while cooler heads have questioned whether or not Oculus should refund Kickstarter backers their money.
Carmack, a veteran game developer who left id Software to work at Oculus VR, expressed his views about the deal in a response to a blog post written on the topic. While Carmack admitted that he shared some of the “misgivings about companies 'existing and operating only to be acquired,'" he also expressed his optimism by saying, “Honestly, I wasn't expecting Facebook (or this soon). I have zero personal background with them, and I could think of other companies that would have more obvious synergies. However, I do have reasons to believe that they get the Big Picture as I see it, and will be a powerful force towards making it happen. You don't make a commitment like they just did on a whim.”
Bringing Valve into the conversation, Carmack believes that a lot of the disappointment regarding Facebook stemmed from the idea that many people were expecting Oculus VR to build themselves up like the Half-Life developer. However, he pointed out that the big difference between the two companies is that Valve “had the field to themselves,” while “VR won’t be like that.”
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